The quick detection of dynamic changes in multisensory environments is essential to survive dangerous events and orient attention to informative events. Previous studies have identified multimodal cortical areas activated by changes of visual, auditory, and tactile stimuli. In the present study, we used magnetoencephalography (MEG) to examine time-varying cortical processes responsive to unexpected unimodal changes during continuous multisensory stimulation. The results showed that there were change-driven cortical responses in multimodal areas, such as the temporo-parietal junction and middle and inferior frontal gyri, regardless of the sensory modalities where the change occurred. These multimodal activations accompanied unimodal activations, both of which in general had some peaks within 300 ms after the changes. Thus, neural processes responsive to unimodal changes in the multisensory environment are distributed at different timing in these cortical areas.
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